Cuba: Bloggers uncomfortable while awaiting the Pope

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Monday, 26 March 2012 12:01

As we approach the controversial visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba, the discussion is heating up on the internet, even with the country entering what Havana Times described as " fervent Catholic "in a blatant effort to" bring renewed preferential status an institution formerly isolated and win new devotees. "

The post explains:

The recovery of the space of the Catholic Church in Cuba comes at a time when the government has sought allies to implement economic reforms while maintaining strict Communist Party political control over the population.

The revival of the Church represents a big change. In the first decades of the Cuban revolution, be open to devout Catholic Church or other religious institution, meant to be on the blacklist in the workplace, schools and neighborhoods.

Since 1992, Cuban citizens who practice a religion, are allowed to be members of the Communist Party and are no longer discriminated against by the government because of their religious beliefs.

But is this apparent partnership between communism and Catholicism which is bothering many netizens, especially in light of reports of abuse [at] of human rights [in] and other surreptitious methods of restriction of personal freedom [in]. To emphasize this point, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Translating Cuba, publcar again the Encyclical of Pope Pius about Christ and communism [in] which called "required reading".

The Cuban government's actions have not gone unnoticed babalu [in] which said last weekend:

The dictatorship of Castro sent many violent and abusive thugs prominent dissidents on the island. Home to one of the leaders from the Ladies in White, Laura Pollan, was surrounded by a crowd controlled by the government to threaten and intimidate the Ladies in White to make sure do not mess with the theatrical performance of the system that the Church in Cuba and the Vatican have planned for pope's visit. Yesterday, their leader, Berta Soler, along with other Ladies in White, have disappeared.

The closer the date of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba, the Cuban dictatorship is getting more nervous and aggressive.

This, after Cardinal Jaime Ortega's stance against protesters in 13 churches , bothers many bloggers. The eviction of the Archbishop of Havana, Without Evasion [in] says:

I do not understand how you can serve Christ, defender of his people and indeed maverick in his time, while protecting only the powerful. Does the Catholic Church in Cuba does not grant privilege to suffer most? Are not just dissidents who most need protection in conditions of dictatorship? Why are the chief representatives of the clergy never spent a Mass in memory of a Cuban so valuable and admirable, Laura Pollan, or Orlando Zapata or Wilman Villar, and instead express fervent wishes for the health of that other militant leader and foreign Hugo Chavez? Do not warrant that to take political position?

At this point, it is too hypocritical to pretend that all is well in Cuba, whether or not the Pope visit. Child is also a lie to deny that the church is a political and religious not only survived, but not in vain, powerful for two millennia. The bishop's note seems to respond more to an official request of the Cuban government to a sense of true Christian faith. And only if I'm wrong and faith calls keep quiet and look the other way, if, by virtue of that faith, the visit of Benedict XVI should be surrounded by a solemn choreography and a cover to hide the reality of our country, not think it is this faith that Cuba needs, and may God forgive me.

Similarly, the action causes babalu [in] concludes that the Vatican is "sliding into dictatorship of Cardinal Ortega and Castro":

Double altibajo [in]:
The Vatican defended in a terse statement Ortega Rome.

'We endorse the position of the cardinal and the diocese, "said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. 'I have nothing to add'.

Triple altibajo [in]:
(Reuters) - On Friday, the Vatican condemned the U.S. embargo against Cuba by Pope Benedict's trip there next week and said the pope wanted to meet with Fidel Castro.

The statement [on] the Vatican on the U.S. embargo on Cuba is proven to be just another source of irritation to the online community, and babalu [in] noted the marked difference in the Vatican's position when it comes to trade embargoes against South Africa:

As a public service of Babalu blog, again compare the crimes of apartheid South Africa with crimes against humanity 'of Castro's Cuba:

According to anti-apartheid activists, a grand total of 3000 political prisoners passed through the South African prison on Robben Island in just 30 years of the apartheid regime. Usually, a few thousand were. These were from a South African population of 40 million. In its day, the regime responsible for these arrests conducted a relentless campaign of vituperation of all political pulpit, press and academic in the face of the earth until economic sanctions almost every country on earth that pummeled, crippled and finally over.

According to human rights group Freedom House, a grand total of 500,000 political prisoners have gone through several prisons and labor camps of Stalinist Cuba, primarily in the 60 and 70. At one point in 1961, 300,000 Cubans were jailed for political crimes. This out of a Cuban population in 1960 of 6.4 million. These people are POLITICAL PRISONERS TO JAIL LONGER HAVE SUFFERED IN MODERN HISTORY.

Meanwhile, apparently following the repressions. Babalu [in] says:

Yesterday, more than seventy members of the Cuban Ladies in White, a peaceful human rights group made up entirely of wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of Cuban political prisoners were arrested by Cuban state security as they marched in silence through the streets of Cuba . It was the culmination of an oppressive and despicable operation launched by the Cuban regime from Saturday against women and other prominent dissidents on the island. With the much anticipated papal visit less than a week, in an astonishing display of intolerance and malice of the Castro dictatorship, and certainly a manifestation of his fear that the Pope's visit can become a public triumph for the brave activists Cuba's human rights in lieu of public relations coup waiting.

Ensuring reference to the same incident, Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter [in] wonders if actions like this could indicate another " Black Spring of Cuba "(all the links in the following quote in English):

Today, nine years ago, thanks to the sacrifice of the Ladies in White, men who were unjustly imprisoned in 2003 are no longer in prison. Most of them were forced into exile, while a small group still on the island. The founder of the Ladies in White, Laura Pollan , died in mysterious circumstances on October 14, 2011. The new head of the Ladies in White ' Laura Pollan , " Berta Soler was arrested today and is still being held tonight. Continue to demand the release of remaining political prisoners in Cuba and respect human rights.

Some elements within the Catholic Church in Cuba have been charged with failing to uphold human rights on the island and sometimes stand by the people in power or ignore the evils perpetrated by the regime which has led to frustration in some opposition circles .

I hope that in addition to their important pastoral message, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI addresses the importance of human rights as did the April 18, 2008 in his speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations ...

Hopefully the arrest of 70 women who tried nonviolent go to Mass and march peacefully through the streets of Cuba at the ninth anniversary of the crackdown that brought into existence the Ladies in White will serve as a light signal to all those who observe the situation in Cuba.

Blogging from Havana, Ivan's File Cabinet [at] notes that Cuba is preparing to welcome the Pope with a "bath mass," which explains "something unique to the olive green revolution," and concludes:

The papal visit has aroused wide register of opinions in Cuba: indifference and applause, reviews and dislikes in a sector of the opposition and Afro-Cuban religions, because the Holy Father is scheduled to meet with them.

If the stay of Benedict XVI will make history, like his predecessor John Paul II, to be seen. But you can be assured that this Vicar of Christ will be treated to a bath of masses. And sounded. As one knows how a regime that has made the public acts a registered trademark.

Since his Popemobile and the two masses who will officiate in Cuba, the Pope will see hundreds of thousands. While on the island only 10% of the population practices Catholicism. One detail that the German pope should not overlook.

The thumbnail image used in this post, "Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception of Havana" is Kimli, used under license Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) of Creative Commons . Visit the photo gallery on flickr Kimli .

Written by Janine Mendes-Franco · Translated by Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe · View original post [en] · Comments (0)
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